Mike Baur is the co-founder and Executive Chairman at Swiss Startup Factory in Switzerland. His primary responsibilities are investor relations, fundraising, and financing. Prior to starting Swiss Startup Factory in 2014, he worked in the banking industry for over 20 years. He worked his way up from a commercial apprentice at UBS to an executive board member for a Swiss Private Bank. These years of experience gave him the expertise he would need for his current role with the Swiss Startup Factory.
Beyond taking a huge role in creating a successful company, Mike Baur has had some noteworthy successes so far. First, he had the honor to serve as a jury member at the START summiteer. The START summiteer is a startup pitching competition held at the University of St. Gallen. Second, he was named Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest. In 2016 he led Goldback Group through the accelerator program and its partnership with Fintech Fusion.
Mike graduated from the University of Rochester New York with a Masters in Business degree; he also has an Executive Master of Business degree from the University of Berne. He invests a lot of his time being a mentor to Swiss youth entrepreneurs. He also supports, both financially and as a mentor, a myriad of startup companies. Not only is he a crucial piece of the puzzle with the Swiss Startup Factory, but, he is also the Director for the Swiss Startup Association. The Swiss Startup Association is the voice for small startup businesses; fighting to make success more attainable.
Swiss Startup Factory is the number one independently and private financed early stage start-up accelerator in Switzerland. Their aim is to help startup companies become global powerhouses. They want to help these businesses to be vastly different than the current norms, products and business models. Not only do they have a three month long accelerator program, that is considered the gold standard; but they also want to have a 360 degree startup service that will give startups all the help and resources they could possibly need. They, as a company, have ambitious goals; and they also help other companies reach their equally ambitious goals.